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Dayton to use David Lillehaug as counsel for shutdown

Gov. Mark Dayton's office said today he'll use former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug as a special counsel on shutdown-related legal issues.

Lillehaug is working for free and won't work on other legal issues for the governor, even though the governor's current general counsel, Peter Wattson, is retiring July 1.

Lillehaug was U.S. attorney for Minnesota from 1994 to 1998. The governor's office said he is experienced in federal and state constitutional litigation. Last year, he represented the Minnesota House of Representatives in Brayton v. Pawlenty, the Supreme Court case on appropriations unallotment.

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Lillehaug. Isn't he the guy who seriously put the boots to some out-of-town lawyer a$$ in a recent election recount?

Good move, Gov.

Minnesota Constitution

Article XI Section 1
Section 1. MONEY PAID FROM STATE TREASURY. No money shall be paid out of the treasury of this state except in pursuance of an appropriation by law.

Here is the link to state revisor's office.

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/mncon/Article11.htm

Someone go into court and get this petition booted.

I would submit that some monies should be paid during government shut down for services provided that protect citizens of the state. Do you really think jails should be shut down and inmates freed because guards and food service workers will be laid off? How about state troopers? Unnecessary? What about fire/rescue? Unnecessary? Not in my world. That's what the court should decide.